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Nearly half of people surveyed in Asia say they faced discrimination when they were children - new research from Save the Children

Press Releases   •   Apr 26, 2016 09:02 SGT

Aid organisation reveals that millions of the world’s poorest children are being denied life-saving services because of who they are and where they live; Charity launches new campaign to reach ‘every last child’

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Save the Children calls for end to child marriage in Afghanistan following horrific death of pregnant 14-year-old girl

Press Releases   •   Jul 20, 2016 14:55 SGT

Save the Children calls for end to child marriage in Afghanistan following horrific death of pregnant 14-year-old girl

Save the Children is urging the Afghan government to end the practice of child marriage after a 14-year-old girl was set alight last week and later died in hospital.

According to media reports, Zahra had already been married for several years and was four months pregnant when she died.

“This is a truly heartbreaking situation in which Zahra faced suffering beyond comprehension,” Save the Children Afghanistan Country Director Ana Maria Locsin said.

“Zahra’s is an extreme case of what can happen when a child is forcibly married off, however we know her marriage was not unique – the practice is all too common in many parts of the country.”

Afghan Civil Law sets the legal age of marriage at 16 for females, yet 15 percent of Afghan women under 50 years old were married before their 15th birthday. Almost half were married before the age of 18.

“Save the Children is urging the Afghan government to ensure girls like Zahra can stay at home with their families where they belong and where they are protected from harm,” Ms Locsin said.

“This is such a fundamental breach of a child’s basic rights. Zahra and so many other children who are married off at a young age are deprived of their right to education, safety and the ability to make choices about their future. Zahra’s case must become a catalyst for change so other children won’t fall victim to a similar fate.”

Early marriage in Afghanistan is also strongly linked to education outcomes. Young women without an education are more than three times as likely to be married before the age of 18 than are their counterparts who have secondary education or higher.

For questions and Interviews please contact:

Zubaida Akbar

Senior Advocacy Manager

Telephone number: +93 796 88 42 73

Email: zubaida.akbar@savethechildren.org

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Save the Children calls for end to child marriage in Afghanistan following horrific death of pregnant 14-year-old girl Save the Children is urging the Afghan government to end the practice of child marriage after a 14-year-old girl was set alight last week and later died in hospital.

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Bulgari and Celebrities on Behalf of Ethnic-Minority Children in Vietnam

Press Releases   •   Jun 07, 2016 13:10 SGT

Bulgari’s celebrity ambassadors such as Singaporean actress Jeanette Aw, Malaysian actress-producer Debbie Goh, Thai DJ-entrepreneur Hattaya Wongkrachang, and Pham Huong, Miss Universe Vietnam 2015, travelled to meet of children of ethnic-minorities in Vietnam. They participated in a first-of-its-kind visit between Bulgari and Save the Children in South-east Asia.

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Around 80% of children with disabilities in Central Asia receive no formal education, Save the Children launches #everylastchild campaign

Press Releases   •   Apr 26, 2016 09:08 SGT

In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, around 80% of disabled children do not receive formal education. This fact alone recognised these children are one of the most forgotten children in Central Asia as they find themselves without proper access to good educational materials.

For children who have been able to enrol into schools, they are faced with other issues like the lack of appropriate learning materials and teachers who have not been sufficiently trained. It shows that there has been very little understanding of different abilities amongst children with special needs and even less knowledge on including them in lessons.

In efforts to make this change happen, Save the Children in Central Asia is looking for funding for launching a new campaign to reach #every lastchild and to meet the needs of these forgotten children and help them cope in school and society better.

The campaign should improve the situation for both children and adults with disabilities by removing barriers caused by social norms that stops them from learning and creating a positive environment where their rights can be enforced.

Editors Notes:

  • Save the Children will be able to launch a new global campaign with the support of donors, Every Last Child in Central Asia for $300,000. We need your support to meet the needs of children with disabilities to mainstream them into school and society.
  • Save the Children aims to contribute to removing the barriers that stop children with disabilities from learning in Central Asia. At the national level, lobby for ratifying the Marrakesh treaty and translate it into national legislation to facilitate access to education materials by Visually Impaired Children and develop a new model of data collection to register all children with disabilities in the country and to monitor their school attendance. At the ground level, shift the public attitudes towards children with disabilities and make their right to education valued and understood in both counties.
  • Save the Children has been working in Central Asia for 21 years and globally was established as primary NGO for child. Our programmes focus on eight priority initiatives: Education, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Livelihoods and Humanitarian Relief. We also highlight work on cutting themes including gender, child participation and accountability.
  • For more information:

    Please contact Thomas Wimber, Director, Save the Children in Central Asia, on (Thomas.Wimber@savethechildren.org)

    Please include Save the Children on your list of humanitarian agencies that envisions a world in which every child is ensured the right to survival, protection, development and participation as set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Here is our contact information:

    Save the Children in Central Asia

    +992 37 224-77-68

    http://centralasia.savethechildren.net/

    Save the Children works in 120 countries. We save children's lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

    In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, around 80% of disabled children do not receive formal education. This fact alone recognised these children are one of the most forgotten children in Central Asia as they find themselves without proper access to good educational materials.

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    Deputy Bangkok Governor to Launch Save the Children's DRR Innovation Exhibition

    Press Releases   •   Feb 05, 2016 16:45 SGT

    Save the Children, together with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), the Thai Red Cross Society, and support from FamilyMart, will launch the “Interactive DRR Innovation Exhibition Opening and Student Essay Awards Ceremony” on Saturday 6 February 2016 at 12.30 – 16.30 hrs at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Global NGO Save the Children Launches First Regional Corporate Engagement Centre in Singapore

    Press Releases   •   Nov 12, 2015 11:30 SGT

    ​The regional Corporate Engagement Centre (CEC) was launched yesterday with the goal of partnering multinational and local companies to build strategic, shared-value partnerships. Working with new and existing partners, the CEC, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, will collaborate with businesses to find opportunities for both social and business impact in Asia and globally.

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    Typhoon to Hit Philippines Over Easter Weekend: Hundreds of Thousands of Children at Risk

    Press Releases   •   Apr 02, 2015 13:45 SGT

    ​As millions of families in the Philippines prepare to celebrate the long Easter holiday weekend, pre-emptive evacuations are advised for families living in the projected path of a super storm.

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    Save the Children's Call to Focus on Education and Children at Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan

    Press Releases   •   Mar 09, 2015 09:00 SGT

    As the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Sendai (Japan) on 14 March, Save the Children calls for all countries to drastically reduce the impact of disasters on education.

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    Taking Christmas to the children of the Philippines

    Press Releases   •   Dec 24, 2013 11:21 SGT

    Over 1,500 Filipino children whose homes and communities were devastated in typhoon Haiyan are enjoying Christmas parties hosted by Save the Children. In and around the devastated city of Tacloban, seasonal events have been held at 27 child friendly spaces. While in Estancia, parties with games like pass the parcel were also arranged for typhoon-affected children.

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    One year on from Typhoon Bopha, families still reeling from loss of livelihoods, Save the Children says.

    Press Releases   •   Dec 03, 2013 13:53 SGT

    Increased support is needed if families are to fully recover from the impact of Typhoon Bopha on their livelihoods. A year after the category 5 typhoon, the children’s aid agency says tens of thousands are still struggling to find work to feed their families. The Typhoon, which struck on 4th December 2012, affected over six million people and left nearly 2000 dead or missing.

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